You might not have noticed Scott Malone, but this pilot and carwash owner is making a big impression back home. Listed as coming from Ulysses, Kansas, Malone is also playing on behalf of a small town in western Kansas called Johnson, (population 1100). Malone is just one of the 15-person poker league called the Bear Creek Rounders that played $25 tourneys for forty weeks to send one of their players to the 2006 World Series of Sihoki Slot . After driving 22 miles to get to a rented trailer poker house, Malone and the Rounders would play for points. A little more than a year of games and they had collected $12,500 to send their mate to Vegas.
Malone has quite the cheering section. Twelve family members have joined him in Las Vegas for the Main Event, including his father and mother who surprised him yesterday on Day three.
Sally, Malone’s mom walked up while I was talking to his wife, Jean.
“Am I to be praised or blamed?” she said when she saw us talking.
“Praised!” Jean said confidently.
“I am just thrilled to death he’s gone so far, ” said Sally. “We don’t think of small town Kansas boys in big leagues like this.”
More than half of the Bear Creek Rounders are agricultural farmers. Whatever Malone wins, he gets to keep $10,000 plus 50% of the rest. The remaining 50% will be split between the rest of the Rounders, including one man out on bail for allegedly killing his wife’s ex husband.
Player Profile: Shyam Ravindran
Recent Stanford graduate Shyam Ravindran began Day 3 with 26K and fought his way back to an average stack for the day at 80K.
The Party qualifier said he’s learned a thing or two during his first WSOP.
“Don’t go all-in drawing dead,” he said. Shyam began Day 5 with 815K, but wouldn’t make it to the dinner break.
“I am so devasted,” Shyam said after busting out with K7s.
He was beat at the flop when the big blind raised him 150K. “I went all in … He had a set of 3s and I didn’t catch a heart on the turn or the river.”
Shyam cashed out in 84th place for $51,129.
“There’s No Way in Hell” That I Understand the Rules Anymore
According to Card Player, Eric Molina just received a warning for excessive use of the phrase “There’s no way in hell.” As far as I know, that has never been listed in the rules as a banned phrase. Up to this point, it’s just been the F-Bomb.
Last year, Anna Benson eloquently tested the limits of the rule by spouting off every dirty word she could imagine (and she could imagine quite a bit). But she avoided the F-Bomb, and therefore didn’t receive a penalty.
Abusive behavior should not be tolerated regardless of the specific words used. But in this case, it doesn’t sound like his behavior was in question. Molina took the warning in stride, substituting the word “Care Bears” as his personal expletive of choice.
I won’t be the first person to write about the absurdity of the F-Bomb penalties, and I won’t be the last. But if they’re banning phrases like “There’s no way in hell,” where the hell does it stop?